Future London Leaders Round Ten
The tenth round of Future London Leaders began in April 2015. Profiles of the 16 candidates are below.
“I’ve worked in housing for 10 years, in a range of regeneration and community investment roles. At Wandle, I’m setting up and leading a team to deliver community investment across Wandle’s 7,000 homes, covering employment, training, digital inclusion, young people, volunteering and neighbourhoods. Six months in, I’ve recruited a vibrant team with fresh ideas which we’re just putting into practice! My previous role focused on developing Affinity Sutton’s national community assets strategy, including transfer, investment and redevelopment. I’ve also worked in project officer roles developing bids, facilitating cross-functional teams and managing projects. I look forward to working alongside like-minded professionals to gain an insight into the workings of London and our future leaders!”
“I currently work in the Strategic Projects team at GLA Housing & Land, focusing on the redevelopment of strategic sites – predominantly in East London, and predominantly very constrained. My work involves liaising with a large number of stakeholders and balancing meeting the needs of Londoners in terms of delivering quality housing and associated infrastructure with more commercial considerations. I am keen to develop cross-disciplinary skills through exposure to the cohort and training, and to develop a strategic overview.”
Housing Development Senior Professional, RB Kingston
“I have eight years’ experience working for local authorities in housing development and housing regeneration. In my current role I work with registered providers and developers to deliver affordable housing through the planning process. I am contributing to the development of a SHMA for North East Surrey and South West London, which will enable us to ensure our affordable housing planning policies and development pipeline reflect the housing needs of low income households. I am looking forward to developing my leadership skills and learning from colleagues working in the industry.”
“I work in the Physical Regeneration and Design team, leading on the design and delivery of a number of masterplanning, park, infrastructure and public realm projects. My role also involves coordinating programmes with partner organisations and providing design advice to planning colleagues on live applications within the LLDC area. I qualified as an architect and worked in a number of private practices before joining the public sector five years ago. I am hoping that this opportunity will allow me to expand my horizons beyond the Lower Lea Valley and learn how others parts of London are successfully implementing schemes as well as building on my leadership skills.”
“I am a chartered town planner with more than 10 years’ development management experience in London. I have been a deputy team manager in the London Borough of Islington for eight years. Over the course of my career in development management I have worked on a wide variety of planning applications, appeals and judicial reviews. I have extensive experience mentoring and supervising junior and senior team members. I look forward to the Future London Leaders programme and developing my leadership and management skills, experience and confidence.”
“I have worked in local government for more than 11 years, starting in the External Funding Team at Gateshead council. My work has included community regeneration and service delivery, EU funding, corporate policy and, since moving to Haringey Council in 2008, leading on business and enterprise policy and projects. In the last two years I have led on public realm projects, developed a project to increase skills training provision in Fashion Manufacturing and launched a £3.5m investment fund for economic growth projects. I am looking to the Future London Leaders programme to refine my skillset and to become a better strategic thinker. I see the programme as an opportunity to increase my networks and knowledge in my field.”
“I have worked in housing for 10 years, first in housing management for a large London-based landlord, before moving to development and regeneration. My current role involves the management of council-led development sites from initial feasibility work to construction and delivery, working across council departments and with external stakeholders as required. I particularly enjoy schemes which provide affordable housing and provide wider social benefit to the community. I am looking forward to the FLL programme and hope it will improve my skills as well as offering the opportunity to meet other professionals from across London.”
“In my role as project manager for Hackney, I am delivering the Colville Estate Masterplan, which proposes 935 new homes. This includes everything from commissioning the design team to finance and planning approval, right up to negotiation with developer partners, oversight of construction phase and handover alongside public consultation. I previously worked in the development team at LB Camden, delivering regeneration in Central London, including the Tybalds Estate, which won several New London Awards. I started my career as a development surveyor at GVA and Colliers, but the opportunity to run and deliver transformational projects in London attracted me to my current role. The Future London Leaders programme will help me connect with and learn from peers across the industry. “
Principal Planning & Regeneration Officer, LB Enfield
“I have 17 years’ experience in local authority housing, regeneration and community development. In my current role for RE (Barnet Council), I’m working on a housing regeneration scheme providing nearly 1,000 new homes, a community centre and S106 benefits. My previous experience includes working with the Paddington Development Trust and Westminster City Council on a Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder; over 10 years, I held a range of portfolios from Economic Development to Community Engagement. Having acquired useful skills delivering projects on the ground, my aim is to develop greater strategic, commercial and leadership skills to enable me to continue my career development.”
Principal Transport Planner, LB Ealing
“I have more than 12 years’ experience in transport planning, with a range of skills including multidisciplinary working and project management. I have extensive knowledge and experience of transport planning, policy/strategy issues, highways, developments, airports, light rail, buses, rail, Underground, taxis, walking and cycling.I’ve gained people and project management skills through schemes and budgets at various scales, working with consultancies and managing staff.”
LinkedIn profile: Russell Roberts
Head of Corporate Affairs, Transport for London
“I joined the transport industry on the TfL graduate scheme four years ago. Since then I have undertaken a range of roles, working on the planning and operational delivery of the 2012 Olympic Games, designing and delivering schemes for London cycling and urban realm and acting as executive advisor to the Senior Traffic Commissioner of Great Britain. I’ve been in my current role for over a year and am responsible for managing the relationship between London’s Transport Commissioner, the Mayor of London, Deputy Mayor for Transport and other key stakeholders. I am delighted to be on Future London Leaders, and hope to broaden my understanding of the crucial role transport plays in unlocking growth and development across London.”
“I joined LB Bexley’s Strategic Planning Team in 2014. My background is in planning policy, having previously occupied increasingly senior positions at local authorities in Lancashire and Surrey. I have considerable experience in all stages of local plan-making, from initial scoping through to giving evidence at examination. Currently, I am leading on CIL and various components of Bexley’s ambitious Growth Strategy, with a focus on social, community and green infrastructure elements. Through FLL, I aim to improve my knowledge, experience and skills to confidently influence and deliver change.”
LinkedIn profile: Helen Smith
“I am a Chartered Town Planner with experience in the private and public sectors; most of that has been within the public sector, where I have worked for several local authorities. In my current role, I deal with a range of applications, manage a team of officers, and am involved with the delivery of service improvements. I hope the Future London Leaders programme will help me to develop ideas that will be of benefit to my team.”
Business Project Director, Hyde Housing
“I have worked in housing for nearly 13 years, all within the Registered Provider sector. I have been fortunate to experience working in a range of different departments (development, sales, tenancy, facilities management and strategy) which has provided me with a well-rounded view of the key drivers and pressures for RPs and housing delivery. I recently joined Hyde and I have returned to Development to provide strategy and market insight for the Development and Sales teams, as well as to brush up on my development and stock acquisition skills. I am looking forward to refreshing and honing my existing skills, learning new ones and to meeting new people.”
Principal Growth Area Officer, Transport for London
“I started my transport planning career five years ago when I joined TfL on the transport planning graduate scheme. I have been fortunate to experience a variety of roles including planning the Olympic Route Network, delivering pedestrian and cycling improvement schemes and writing transport assessments for new developments. My current role focuses on London’s growth areas. It involves planning and implementing surface transport improvement schemes with the aim of unlocking growth and supporting regeneration. During the FLL programme, I hope to improve my leadership skills, meet new people and enjoy learning from experts in the industry.”
Future London Leaders Round Nine
The ninth round of Future London Leaders began in January 2015. Profiles of the 16 candidates are below.
Licensing Manager, LB Hounslow
“I started work in Local Government in 2008 as a Licensing Processing Officer. I then progressed to a Technical Support Officer, a Licensing Enforcement Officer and then a Licensing Manager. I have worked for the London Borough of Hounslow for a year, having previously worked for Hammersmith and Fulham for 4 years. I currently manage a small team of processing and enforcement officers and am responsible for the council’s licensing functions, including drafting licensing policy and determining certain applications for licences. Through participating in Future London Leaders, I hope to gain confidence as a manager and meet a variety of people in different areas of the public sector.”
View Lewis’ LinkedIn profile.
Senior Strategic Planner, Greater London Authority
“I play a key role providing planning advice to the Mayor of London as well as promoting sustainable growth and regeneration in order to deliver London Plan objectives. Operating in a strategic capacity, and leading on various applications that the Mayor has ‘called in’, I have worked to secure planning approvals for numerous major housing, commercial and mixed-use schemes across the Greater London area. As part of the Future London Leaders programme I hope to develop my leadership skills and benefit from the knowledge and experience of peers and leading professionals from across the development industry.”
Urban Designer, LB Merton
“My background, purely by chance, is wholly in the public sector, working for a variety of councils. I qualified at Oxford Brookes at the beginning of the 1990s in Planning Studies BA and Urban Design MA, having specialised in transport planning in my planning degree. My experience is broad in that I have worked as a transport planner, policy planner, conservation officer, development control officer and urban designer, but my primary interests and skills lie in urban design and transport planning. I can move easily from strategic planning and thinking to detailed design in my work, though sometimes find it hard to settle happily between the two, which is an area on which I will focus as part of my Future London Leaders experience.”
View Paul’s LinkedIn profile.
Regeneration Manager, Catalyst
“I have worked in the Regeneration team at Catalyst for over ten years, progressing from Development Assistant to a Regeneration Manager. Having worked at all stages in the housing life cycle, from strategic development and bid submission, site identification through to specific project management and delivery, I am passionate about estate renewal and the wider social benefits this can deliver. I am very much looking forward to the Future London Leaders programme and hope to acquire new skills, meet new people in the industry and learn from best practice.”
Town Planner & Urban Designer, LB Redbridge
“I have seven years of experience in managing planning, regeneration and urban design casework/projects within a Local Authority Setting. My current role involves project managing major planning applications, including negotiating s106 agreements for affordable housing. This role also draws upon my placemaking experience to produce masterplans and development briefs for programmes to deliver regeneration projects. I am currently seconded to the role of Interim Planning Enforcement and Appeals Manager at the London Borough of Redbridge, leading the transformation of a Planning Enforcement team including process transformation and customer service improvements.”
View Allan’s LinkedIn profile.
Senior Regional Procurement Manager, Circle
“I have ten years’ experience in procurement, with 7 years in the NHS and soon to be 4 years for Circle Housing contributing to my extensive public sector knowledge. In my substantive role as Senior Regional Procurement Manager at Circle I manage approximately £100 million spend per annum and have recently led the procurement of a large regeneration scheme. In August 2014 I was seconded into an organisation wide change programme where I have been acting as the Business Lead on the Commercial Workstream, which has been quantifying and evaluating services provided by Circle that are not part of its core housing offer. Having the opportunity to be part of FLL will allow me to develop my core leadership skills, identify my strengths and weaknesses and broaden my network and exposure to senior professionals.”
View Mark’s LinkedIn profile.
“I am fortunate to work on a very diverse range of economic and housing regeneration projects, including the Woolwich Estates scheme, which poses many challenges and opportunities. I enjoy the variety of this role in one of London’s major growth boroughs, where development is taking place in almost every part of the borough. Prior to this, I worked in the borough’s Strategy team & Community Participation team. I hope that the FLL programme will help me to gain confidence in negotiating on large-scale projects and improve my ability to positively influence outcomes. I am interested to learn about the work of other people involved in the development & regeneration process.”
Regeneration Manager, LB Brent
“I am responsible for developing visions, masterplans, investment plans and securing inward investment for three of Brent’s growth areas. I am an architect with experience of delivering regeneration projects in the private and public sector, having managed major capital projects and regeneration programmes from vision stage to delivery. I am particularly interested in the challenges of bringing together multi-sector stakeholder groups, identifying opportunities and develop briefs which will ensure a sustainable solution to the challenges faced by London’s communities. I hope that the Future of London Leaders programme will help me to steer big ideas through to successful implementation.”
View Beth’s LinkedIn profile.
“Having previously worked at two other large, G15 Registered Providers, I am now responsible for securing housing-led land and joint-venture opportunities as well as Section 106 schemes at Peabody. I am passionate about what I do and I particularly enjoy working in a socially-responsible yet commercial environment dealing with complex legal, financial and design matters on schemes, all in the knowledge that every penny that we make is re-invested into our social mission. I am looking forward to participating in Future London Leaders and developing my leadership skills during the programme.”
Team Leader in Planning Policy, RB Kensigonton & Chelsea
“I am a chartered town planner leading the Borough’s planning policy team, which is currently working on a range of challenging topic areas including housing (needs, capacity, affordability, viability and delivery), enterprise (offices and other employment land), infrastructure (CIL and S106 expenditure and delivery), flooding/drainage, climate change and waste, to name a few. I also have significant volunteer experience representing, leading and delivering the London branch of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s activities over recent years (delivering free/low-cost CPD and networking events to share good practice). I look forward to working with Future of London’s diverse community of professionals to continue to share and learn from good practice, particularly regarding how professionals can ‘lead change’ to deliver positive outcomes on the ground.”
View Rob’s LinkedIn profile.
Housing Manager, Notting Hill Housing Association
“At Notting Hill Housing I am responsible for overseeing housing services provided to around 1,100 customers, ensuring that my team provides the best service possible and achieves the highest results over a range of PIs. My team is on the front line of Notting Hill’s development programme and I am currently working closely with our development teams and council partners on several exciting new projects, predominately focusing on the desired end result of happy customers, good quality homes and strong communities. I look forward to meeting my peers through FLL to share experience, knowledge and best practice as well as strengthening my own leadership skills.”
Physical Regeneration Programme Manager, LB Waltham Forest
“I am currently Programme Manager for the Wood Street and Walthamstow regeneration areas in Waltham Forest, managing a wide variety of projects from complex mixed use schemes (such as “The Scene” which recently opened in Walthamstow), to public realm schemes, art installations, shop front improvements, community events, business support and training and masterplanning. I am particularly interested in innovative approaches to the rejuvenation of the city’s High Streets, how we can animate and encourage visitors to spaces which have previously been neglected and how these interventions can be made sustainable over the longer term.”
Senior Development Manager, City of Westminster
“I am leading on the delivery of the Church Street Renewal and Regeneration Proposals in my current role at Westminster City Council, delivering a total of 350 new homes and a number of Community and Public Realm improvements to the area. Having always had a passion for property development, my previous roles have included Regional Development Manager for JC Decaux Ltd, the world’s largest outdoor media company, and Development Surveyor at Wrenbridge Land, a Cambridge based Commercial Property Company specialising in industrial, office and retail development. I have recently completed a Masters course in Corporate Real Estate Management at London South Bank University and hope to improve my understanding and knowledge of the public sectors’ ways of working, whilst building up a solid list of contacts to compliment my private sector background.”
Area Regeneration Manager, LB Haringey
“A recent convert to the public sector, I joined Haringey’s Tottenham Regeneration Team in February 2014. I am responsible for delivering the regeneration of Tottenham Hale, a major new district. Before that I was an independent consultant for four years focussed on regeneration, strategic planning, housing and economic development. I learnt my trade at Llewelyn Davies working as an Economist Planner, where I did a range of masterplanning and policy/research consultancy for clients across the UK. I am looking to the FLL programme to help with my negotiation skills and managing difficult situations. I am looking forward to getting to know new colleagues from different backgrounds across London. “
View Peter’s LinkedIn profile.
PFI Project Manager, Thames Valley Housing Association
“I started my career in Housing 6 years ago, and have worked in various areas of the business on a cross-directorate basis. My current role of PFI Project Manager is on a non-HRA Housing PFI project and I work in partnership with Woking Borough Council, the developer and housing management contractors to develop and manage 224 homes for affordable rent within a sustainable community. Strong relationships and communication are at the heart of my role and I am hoping that through the Future London Leaders programme I will be able to strengthen my leadership and influencing skills and become equipped with tools to successfully negotiate senior meetings in a confident and succinct manner, as well as improving my networking skills in the industry.”
Area Manager, Greater London Authority
“I am a Chartered Town Planner with 6 years’ experience working in planning, urban design, climate change, housing and regeneration. I am currently an Area Manager in the Housing and Land department at the Greater London Authority, working with housing associations, developers and boroughs to deliver affordable housing in the north east of London. Previously, I have worked in the planning departments of the City of London Corporation and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and on European projects for the Town and Country Planning Association. On the Future London Leaders programme I am hoping to develop my leadership skills, identify future roles best suited to my strengths and interests and network with professionals at a similar stage in their careers.”
View Henry’s LinkedIn profile.
Future London Leaders Round Eight
The eighth round of Future London Leaders graduated in March 2015. Profiles of the 16 candidates are below.
“After a decade in the film industry, I swapped film sets for housing estates, working in housing and community development roles with housing associations Richmond Housing Partnership and Thames Valley Housing before moving to Poplar HARCA in East London. As Head of Creativity and Innovation, I lead on non-physical regeneration, shaping the placemaking agenda in Poplar within and as part of Poplar HARCA’s £1.7bn regeneration programme.”
“I work in the Estate Regeneration team at Hackney council. I oversee design across this council-led development programme – ensuring that we build housing, public spaces and streets that last a long time, make successful places and are a pleasure to live in. I strongly believe in the potential of the public sector to tackle the housing crisis creatively and build well-designed affordable homes for London. I hope that the Future London Leaders programme will help me to develop my ideas with others in a similar field.”
“My work in regeneration involves existing development sites and new business. Currently, I am the strategic lead at Grahame Park (Barnet), one of the largest regeneration sites in the UK which poses many challenges and opportunities. I manage the delivery of the social and economic strategy and work with my team to influence and commission innovative projects to promote the development of a vibrant sustainable community. I look forward to learning from other candidates and improving my leadership capabilities through this exciting programme.”
View Polly’s LinkedIn profile.
“My work at LB Croydon involves dealing with major strategic planning applications, the majority of which have been in the Metropolitan Centre, including major retail development and residential and commercial high-rise. The role also involves managing a section of the team, which in itself can be challenging. I’m hoping that the Future London Leaders programme will broaden my knowledge of ‘how things are done’ across London in a variety of sectors, and of how I can refine my leadership, management and communication skills.”
“In my role at Lewisham council, I lead on housing-led regeneration schemes and on developing Lewisham’s emerging new-build programme. My experience of working in housing delivery over the last 10 years has given me solid experience in regeneration and a passion to see high-quality housing built. I am looking forward to fully engaging in all that the FLL programme has to offer; training and learning about this sector at a senior level while developing my leadership skills and meeting new people.”
View Rachel’s LinkedIn profile
“A key area of my work has been engaging communities in the development of planning policies, including for areas of regeneration and growth. I am also involved in developing a range of spatial and strategic policies and have been responsible for identifying major development sites. I think the Future London Leaders programme will be a really useful experience to learn more widely about the role of the public sector in bringing about regeneration, broadening my knowledge of other areas of policy (beyond planning) and learning from other professionals from different disciplines.”
“As a Regeneration Officer for Barking & Dagenham council, I am fortunate to work on a diverse range of economic and housing regeneration projects. I enjoy the variety and challenges of this role in one of London’s major growth boroughs, with a remit that includes estate and town centre renewal projects, as well as event management and inward investment schemes. Prior to this, I worked in the borough’s London 2012 delivery team. I am also a graduate of the National Graduate Development Programme for Local Government (NGDP Cohort 13). Future London Leaders will help me develop the leadership skills learnt through the NGDP within a more regeneration-focussed environment. As such, I am looking forward to learning from and working with colleagues from a variety of regeneration-related backgrounds.”
View Alexander’s LinkedIn profile
“I have worked as a Development Officer in the Affordable Housing Team at Tower Hamlets council for six years. My main role is to review the quality and quantum of affordable housing in new planning applications. I work in partnership with our planners to ensure that the best deal is achieved for the council; this involves negotiations with private developers and affordable housing providers. I am keen to progress into a more senior role and believe the Future London Leaders programme will provide me with some of the tools required in such a role. I look forward to meeting and learning from fellow professionals.”
“I have nearly 12 years’ Development Management experience, having worked for local authorities in Bristol and two London boroughs. I am currently a Team Leader in the Strategic Applications Team at Southwark council, working on large-scale regeneration projects, and I particularly enjoy working on residential schemes. I hope that the FLL programme will help me to gain confidence in negotiating on large-scale projects and improve my ability to positively influence outcomes. I am interested to learn about the work of other people involved in the development process.”
“I graduated with a BSc. in Government from LSE in 2011. I was accepted on to the National Graduate Development Programme that summer and placed with Enfield Council as a National Management Trainee. In this position I undertook placements in a number of Council departments, over the course of two years, before being offered my current position, Area Partnership and Regeneration Manager. My role is focused primarily on tying social regeneration to ongoing physical regeneration work, with social regeneration primarily covering community cohesion, community safety, education, employment and public health. I am hoping to further the leadership and management work I completed as part of the National Graduate Development Programme, building real world examples on to the foundation of theory provided by my ILM Certificate in Strategic Leadership.”
View Simon’s LinkedIn profile
“I have worked in development management at Lambeth for eight years, progressing from Trainee Planner to Principal Planner. Within this period I also undertook and gained my Masters degree. I have worked on a large number of varying applications across the borough and gained a vast amount of experience. Through the Future London Leaders programme, I hope to develop my skills and confidence as a leader.”
“As a Chartered Town Planner working in Development Management at Haringey, I deal with a range of planning applications with a focus on regeneration projects around the Tottenham Hale Opportunity Area. I am also part of a team working on service improvement to create a more efficient and robust Development Management Service. This will be my first formal leadership training, so I hope to learn how to lead and manage people in the modern digital working environment, and to improve my ability to lead change. I am also looking forward to understanding how to deliver regeneration and learn from best practice.”
View Robbie’s LinkedIn profile
“My background is in environmental management and urban planning. I have a strong interest in improving the environmental performance of cities to cope with the mounting pressures we place on them. I came to London from Portland, Oregon – which often tops lists for liveability and sustainability – where I worked in the planning department and moved into economic regeneration at the Portland Development Commission. For LB Ealing, I’ve delivered projects in sustainable transport, energy efficiency and water conservation. I also second as a technical advisor at Local Partnerships, helping UK public bodies improve energy efficiency in their portfolios. My aspiration for FLL is to obtain the tools to demonstrate how sustainability must be at the forefront of government decisions; I also want to scale up Ealing’s attitude to sustainability so that it is anchored to council decision-making processes.”
“I have worked as a project manager in Home Group’s South Eastern Development Team for nearly three years. I am responsible for acquiring sites for housing development and for managing their delivery. My previous experience is primarily in housing, both in Asset and Housing Management. Home Group operates in a number of regions and London is, understandably, a key focus of growth for us. I am looking forward to the Future London Leaders programme for the opportunity to meet other people involved with delivering housing in London, while also developing my skills in the areas the programme focuses on.”
“I have worked for four years at Sanctuary, starting as a Graduate Trainee, undertaking a series of placements across the organisation, and progressing to Neighbourhood Partnerships Manager, which involves managing and delivering a neighbourhood action plan in Hackney to make sure Sanctuary is a key contributor of positive change in the area. I am really looking forward to the Future London Leaders programme and hope to develop my leadership and management skills, learn more about current challenges and innovations in the housing sector and meet people from across the Future of London network.”
“I have over seven years’ Development Management experience, working in local authorities in Ireland and England. I have been at Harrow council for over 5 years and have worked as a planning officer, a senior planning officer and most recently a deputy team leader. I have dealt with a wide variety of applications and appeals, each with varying degrees of complexity. These applications range from Lawful Development Certificates and householder applications to major mixed-use developments and large-scale EIA development applications. I am very much looking forward to the Future London Leaders programme and hope to acquire new skills, gain confidence in management and learn from others in the industry.”
To view profiles of candidates from previous rounds, visit our alumni page.